On an island within the Bahamas, there’s a small resort that appears like utopia for curvy folks, a spot the place they will take pleasure in a seashore trip with out worrying about their our bodies.
James King opened this secure haven, named merely The Resort, two years in the past, after watching obese folks wrestle to take pleasure in themselves at different properties.
“On my first day working at a resort in Grenada, a younger girl sat down in one of many loungers, and he or she went proper via it, and everyone on the seashore was laughing. The following day I used to be in my workplace, and I hear screaming and yelling, and he or she was having a match as a result of the proprietor’s coverage was that she was charged $150 for destruction of resort property. And I assumed that it was insane,” King tells PEOPLE.
“I attempted to persuade the homeowners that we would have liked furnishings aside from this plastic flimsy stuff, and so they didn’t care. I made a decision that I needed to do one thing.”
He labored on this concept for a couple of decade, earlier than discovering 5 miles of personal seashore in Eleuthera, within the Bahamas. However he then bumped into points creating furnishings that might maintain his company.
“The most important challenge was that nobody manufactures for plus-size folks,” King says. “We would have liked beds which can be capable of maintain as much as 1,500 lbs., we would have liked lounge furnishings and seashore furnishings that doesn’t break. And it simply doesn’t exist. So all the pieces that we’ve got there I needed to create and prototype.”
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After making “round 500 errors alongside the best way,” he developed a “sanctuary” for his company. When folks arrive on the Resort, even when they didn’t know one another beforehand, they turn into prompt associates.
“They bond in a commonality,” King says. “It’s individuals who have lived comparable lives with the identical points, and swiftly a lot of the stigmas are gone, as a result of no person’s watching them. They only really feel like they will establish. Lots of people who come have by no means met, however after simply the primary night time it’s like they’ve identified one another for years.”
And enterprise is already robust.
“The response has been phenomenal,” King says. “I’ve been booked all 12 months and about 10 p.c of that’s repeat clients, which is wonderful if you’ve solely been open for 2 years.”
At this level, the Resort is proscribed to only 24 folks at a time, and company e-book the complete place without delay for a flat payment of $16,400 to make sure privateness. However he plans to construct one other property on an island close by, the place anybody can come for a keep.
“The company adore it, as a result of it actually does really feel like their very own place,” King says.